British investigators headed to a closed-door hearing Wednesday to argue that suspects arrested in an alleged plot to blow up as many as 10 trans-Atlantic jetliners should be kept in custody without charge. Meanwhile, Home Secretary John Reid said civil liberties “must and will be balanced by the right of collective security.”
This sort of arbitrary power must be nipped in the bud. If those arrested are believed to have done something illegal, then charge them with it. If they are aliens, then simply send them home. But to hold them without charging them with any wrongdoing is nothing more than kidnapping.
As the West opens its gates to the Third World, it continues to move away from the principles that separated it from the barbarians in the first place.